Newcastle United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 09, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton tasted defeat for the second time in three days as they went down 2-0 to Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena.

There was little to split the two sides and the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until Hatem Ben Arfa broke the deadlock with a superb solo goal with 73 minutes on the clock.

Wanderers went in search of an equaliser, but were hit by a sucker punch seven minutes from time as Shola Ameobi outmuscled Tim Ream, before crossing for Papiss Cisse to prod home from close range.

Owen Coyle made three changes to the Bolton side that lost at home to Fulham on Saturday, with Kevin Davies, Gretar Steinsson and Chris Eagles recalled in the places of David Ngog, Marcos Alonso and Ryo Miyaichi.

The game started as somewhat of a scrappy affair and it took 15 minutes for the first half-chance to arrive, with Yohan Cabaye firing well over the crossbar for the hosts after Danny Simpson's run had been stopped.

Five minutes later, Sam Ricketts became the first Bolton man to try a shot on goal, only to see it deflect behind. From the resulting corner, Darren Pratley conceded a free-kick and Wanderers' forward momentum came to an end.

Tim Krul made his first stop of the game just after the half hour as Martin Petrov fired in a shot at his near post. Adam Bogdan was then brought into action for the first time, two minutes later, as he made a comfortable stop from a long-range Fabricio Coloccini curler.

With seven minutes of the first half left, Bogdan punched a Ben Arfa free-kick straight into the face of Ricketts and would have been relieved to see the ball bounce the wrong side of his post.

In truth, that was about as close as either side came as the two teams went in goalless at the break.

Bolton started the second half well and after Newcastle had failed to deal with a free-kick and corner, Eagles twisted and turned inside the penalty area, only to see his shot blocked by the legs of Krul.

Four minutes later, Petrov sent a wicked teasing cross straight across the face of the Newcastle goal, with Pratley inches away from making the contact that would surely have given the visitors the lead.

Newcastle saw appeals for a penalty turned down just before the hour. Cabaye's free-kick was hit inside the Bolton box and Mike Williamson went down under a challenge from David Wheater, only for referee Mike Jones to wave play on.

Mark Davies found time and space inside the Newcastle box on 65 minutes, but the ball failed to come down and his tame strike from six yards landed straight in the arms of Krul.

Ben Arfa came close with a 25-yard free-kick with little over 20 minutes to go, but his next contribution was something magical as he opened the scoring with a fine individual effort.

Picking up the ball inside his own half, Ben Arfa turned away from Ricketts, raced away from Eagles, Mark Davies and Tim Ream, before prodding the ball past Bogdan from just inside the box.

Trotters boss Coyle reacted by bringing Miyaichi, Ngog and Ivan Klasnic on for Eagles, Kevin Davies and Pratley, but they failed to have the desired impact as the hosts sealed the points seven minutes from time.

Ream misjudged an upfield ball and substitute Ameobi easily shrugged off his challenge, before advancing down the right and crossing for Cisse to score from close range.

Television replays appeared to show the Senegal international was standing in an offside position, but the goal was allowed to stand and Newcastle had the three points in the bag.

Cisse was flagged for offside two minutes later as he hit the crossbar in similar circumstances to his goal and that would prove to be the final talking point of the game, as Newcastle wrapped up their fifth consecutive Premier League win.

Defeat for Bolton means they remain in 16th place in the league, one point above the trio of Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.

Wanderers are not in action next weekend due to Tottenham Hotspur's participation in the FA Cup semi-finals. They return to the field on 21st April when Swansea City are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa (R Taylor 85), Cabaye, Perch (Ferguson 46), Gutierrez, Ba (Shola Ameobi 64), Cisse
Subs Not Used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Tavernier
Booked: Gutierrez
Goals: Ben Arfa 73, Cisse 83

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Ream, Wheater, Steinsson, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley (Klasnic 82), K Davies (Ngog 78), Petrov, Eagles (Miyaichi 78)
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Sordell
Booked: Reo-Coker

Referee: Mike Jones
Attendance: 52,264

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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13 Accrington Stanley 20 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
16 Cambridge United 20 23
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